GI Solutions Group Extends Print and Communications Solutions for Central and Local Government, Health Services, Education, Emergency Services and Other Public Service Sectors

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Communications specialist, GI Solutions Group, has extended its portfolio of services for the public sector, to help public service organisations improve effectiveness and cut costs. These services now cover print raudit and e-engineering, mail consolidation and discounting, and high security electoral services.

The drive for efficiency in the public services continues to mount. However, in some areas of the public sector quick and easy wins for organisations looking to save money are being ignored. In order to help public service organisations take advantage of cost saving processes, communications specialist GI Solutions Group (http://www.gi-solutionsgroup.com) has extended its portfolio of services for the public sector to help achieve substantial efficiencies in the area of print, mail and electoral services.

Print audit
Spend on printed output - forms, advice leaflets, statutory letters, annual reports committee papers etc. - can easily be reduced by re-engineering printed documents and re-organising mail output.

Patrick Headley, Sales Director, comments: "This efficiency gain comes from two main sources. First, centralisation of print in an industrial strength facility has a major impact on cost-per-print. The second factor comprises an expert audit and redesign of what is printed, when, and how. The natural instinct of most organisations is not to plan output sufficiently in advance. Yet at least 70% of documentation output can be planned well ahead of its actual usage. In addition, the balance between bulk pre-printing and print-on-demand is also an area that can yield very substantial dividends by reducing wastage of out of date materials."

Mail consolidation and discounting
The vast majority of mail coming out of the public sector is ad hoc post, which is sent without attracting the kind of postal discounts obtainable with bulk mail. Unity, a virtual mail system, can save public sector and not-for-profit organisations up to 70% on the cost of sending their communications by post, enabling savings to be reinvested into front line services. The system allows companies to send their post via the internet directly to the Unity production facility in Leicester, where the mail is digitally printed, folded and stuffed into envelopes and then sorted, before being transported 'down stream' to Royal Mail.

High security electoral services
Finally, GI Solutions Group (http://www.gi-solutionsgroup.com) is in a position to offer any electoral process the double assurance of tried and tested print and mail facilities, in combination with a long track record in electoral services.

Security is always the key factor. In a secure ISO 27001 environment, with the most advanced closed loop integrity controlled by 2D barcode technology, GI Solutions Group produces time critical, high volume ballot papers for presidential, parliamentary, local and postal elections.

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About GI Direct
From short run digital printing to high volume direct mail work, GI Direct delivers personalised mail and direct marketing communications that stand out on a crowded doormat. Our work is designed and executed to deliver maximum impact on the doormat, build brands and improve response rates and bottom line performance.

Our in-house manufacturing capabilities include digital, continuous and inline scitex personalisation. GI Direct can control every part of the production process, from concept to design and pre-press through to printing and enclosing.

The company, whose clients include blue chip companies (particularly in the financial and retail sectors and 34 of the top 100 mailers in the UK) is the first choice for socially responsible printing and is committed to reducing the impact of our activities on the local community and wider environment. Our Carbon Neutral status works in conjunction with our ISO 14001 and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accreditations to demonstrate commitment to making a difference in terms of our impact on the global environment.

GI Direct is part of the GI Solutions Group, a leading integrated direct marketing and multi-channel customer communications provider, employing 165 highly skilled people and generating sales of £30 million in 2007.

For more information, please visit http://www.gi-solutionsgroup.com.

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Annex Achieng
GI Solutions Group
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